Articles - New Homes

Choose a renovations professional

10th June 2015
John Gelavis Column - 09/06/15

By John Gelavis

First published in New Homes Magazine, The West Australian on 6th June 2015

An HIA professional renovation builder can put your whole project together. The builder will assume complete responsibility for the work contracted and give you a warranty once completed. Even the design work for your new home is undertaken by many HIA builder members. 

HIA builders offer an extensive network of suppliers, trades, installers and experts that they draw on as required for your project. 

They understand the technical aspects of construction in detail and know how houses work. They can assess your renovation and explain what is involved, as well as identify potential problems and provide solutions. 

Advice can be provided on the most suitable approach if your project requires design services and recommendations for a design professional, if needed, can be made. Some builders offer both design and construction services. 

Alternatively, some builders are experienced in working with architects or building designers. 

HIA building renovators have extensive knowledge of and experience in using the latest products and materials. 

They keep up-to-date and can help you make the selections that will work best for your project and budget. Importantly, familiarity with the regulations and codes in your council area and how the system works is an added feature that HIA builder members have. 

Consulting you to determine the right budget for your renovation is an important aspect of a builder’s advisory services. 

They know through experience the cost of materials and labour and, therefore, are in the best position to offer realistic cost-effective construction, to achieve your renovation goals. 

Written contracts that clearly describe the work, materials to be used, timelines, price, responsibilities of both parties and other details as appropriate are important for both parties involved in the build process. 

HIA builder members have the ability to organise and manage a project — scheduling workers, trades and delivery of materials; keeping track of expenses; maintaining a clean and safe work site and minimising the inconvenience to you. When necessary, they know how to deal with the unexpected and the surprises that sometimes occur in a renovation. 

HIA professional builders listen carefully so they know what you want. They can provide you with names of previous clients so you can check the company’s track record yourself. They explain the process so you know what to expect and, once the work begins, they provide regular updates. 

They also encourage you to voice any questions or concerns you may have as the work progresses. In brief, they work for you and with you to make sure that you are satisfied and happy with the final results. 

If you are ready to renovate or improve your home visit to find out more about renovating and ensure that your builder is an HIA member. 


John Gelavis is the executive director of the WA Housing Industry Association. Follow John Gelavis on Twitter at @HIA_WA


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